Newest Review: ... were also really tasty - I remember starting a night out in Cafe Coco with the girls, knocking back mojitos. As a student, price is ... more
Cafe CoCo Oxford
Cafe Coco (Oxford)
Member Name: Hawkster
Cafe Coco (Oxford)
Advantages: Good food, good prices and relaxed atmosphere
Disadvantages: Don't serve Long Island Iced Tea
Café Coco is one of my favourite café bars in Oxford. Positioned at the bottom of the Cowley Road its in a prime location to visit on the way into town. The food is primarily of Italian origin and they provide a great pizza selection at reasonable prices. The service is always very efficient and the waiting staff are good fun and like to have a laugh with the customers. Over the years Café CoCo has received many accolades from the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and Olive Magazine.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Breakfast is available from 10:00 - midday to help absorb some of those student hangovers with everything from omelette and toast through to the full English breakfast.
On the main menu starters average about £4 and include garlic bread dough, spanakopita and king prawn skewers. There are over 18 pizzas available which can be served as a calzone if preferred. They come complete with a rich tomato, garlic and herb sauce and average about £7.95. If you fancy something other than pizza check out the oven section of the menu which contains things like seared salmon, chorizo mushroom salad and red mullet risotto.
The drinks menu is fairly extensive and they serve everything from espresso to cocktails. The bar staff are very knowledgeable as you will discover when you order. My only complaint is that they will not serve 'Long Island Iced Tea' due to the number of white spirits contained within it. I can however recommend the 'elderflower' which has a refreshing taste which is followed by a kick provided by the Absolut vodka!
AMBIANCE AND DECOR
The café is really relaxed and is a great place to just sit and 'people watch' over a coffee. There are a variety of different people who use the café at different times of the day including students, Professors from the University and the after work young professionals crowd.
There is quite an intimate ambiance due to the relatively small size of the venue. The interior design is very contemporary with lots of creams and beige. One of the most notable features is a clown mannequin that is sat in a full size bath tub. This acts as a giant ice bucket for the bar and is often a good talking point for customers.
There are a number of current offers running to entice customers during these difficult times such as all cocktails charged at £3.85 instead of £5.80 between 10 pm and close. Kids can eat free between 3 pm and 6 pm every day and there is an early bird deal for two pizzas for £10 Monday to Friday between midday and 6 pm.
If you enjoy eating out, my other recent restaurant reviews may be of interest to you:
-Pukka Food at Jamie's Italy (Oxford)
- Latin Spirit at Chiquito's - Milton Keynes
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
Summary: Definitely worth a visit